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What is Fussy Cutting?

What is Fussy Cutting?


Fussy Cutting, involves centering a drawing in a cutting area, the purpose being for the pattern to be visible in the center of a square.

Block models that are ideal to have a fussy cutted square with a pattern in the center are:
Sawtooth Star
Ohio Star
Friendship Star
Disappearing 9 Patch

Fabric collections that are fun to Fussy Cut:

Fabric publisher Freespirit works with artists that draw fabric prints that are ideal for Fussy Cutting:

Anna Maria Horner

Kaffe Fassett

Odile Bailloeul

Tula Pink

Finding Fussy Cutting in our quilts:

Quiltmania N°148

Name of the pattern: Most Wanted

Page number of the pattern: 67

The use of Fussy Cutting is visible in the center of the small squares, where the characters have been cut out to be centered in the squares.

Quiltmania N°153

Name of the pattern: Sweet Madeleine

Page number of the pattern: 73

The Fussy Cutting method was used for the prints in the center of the model, but the method was also used for the medallions all around, either to center a flower in the center of the hexagon, or to align the vertical lines in the center of the hexagons.

Quiltmania N° 152

Name of the pattern: Rock Star

Page number of the pattern: 82

Another use of Fussy Cutting is for visual repetition. The star on the bottom left provides a visual target effect, but it’s a diamond shape that’s been cut from a white and red striped fabric.

The star on the top right is made of fabric with a dog. By cutting 8 diamonds and positioning the dog in exactly the same place on the template, the dog creates a circular visual effect.

Quiltmania N°154

Name of the pattern: Hollands glorie

Page number of the pattern: 73

Can you see where some Fussy Cutting was used in this quilt top?

The trick to cutting an identical piece of fabric is to use a translucent template and an erasable felt-tip pen, and to mark the specific spots on the template.

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